The gathering in May was the second time we used the ‘Heart and Soul’ style format, and this time the topic was “Who do I say I am?”
The gathering included the simple “circle” ritual long adopted by our group, as well as spaces for giving thanks, reflecting gently on our own day so far, a period for silent meditation, and offering prayers for others. There was also some music.
The theme was introduced by our president for the day. The thrust was that we worry so much about what others may intuit, or interpret about us, and what their judgements might be; when we could just save ourselves and others a lot of trouble by owning our own ‘names’ right from the start.
So we must begin with some soul searching. After that we need some self-honesty in how we communicate the ‘who’ of ourselves through our words and actions. Ridding ourselves of self-deceit, if we ourselves are clear who we are and then ‘speak’ it truly, then it makes for a happier us.
Our ‘name’ or ‘names’ don’t need to be a secret for fear they give people power over us: for it is only our fear making them a secret that does that. For our ‘name’ is our power and our presence in the world.